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From The Vault – Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson ‘What’s It Gonna Be’

This week’s classic From The Vault clip comes courtesy of Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson and their 1999 single ‘What’s It Gonna Be’.

Lifted from Rhymes’ LP ‘Extinction Level Event’, the song went on to become one of the rapper’s biggest hits (peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Official UK Singles Chart). While the track stands on its own two legs as one of the most dynamic Rap-Sung collaborations in Urban music history, much of its success is no doubt attributable to its accompanying video.

Directed by the then man-of-the-moment, Hype Williams, the clip till this day remains one of the most expensive videos ever made (costing a reported $2 million to produce). Indeed, with its ground-breaking special effects, and out-of-the-box take on the ‘sensual’, the video easily trounces many of those produced today – some 11 years later. Classic.

Tidbit: One can’t but marvel at Janet’s uncanny ability to glide between being the seductive songstress to being the all-smiling, all laughing, girl next door. Love it!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    Hung says:
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    Wasn’t Michael & Janet Jacksons scream video the most expensive ever made

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  • October 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    UGh says:
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    This was this s*** back in the day! I love it and it still looks so modern although it was 11 years ago. Janet look hot too.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    UGh says:
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    @ HUNG

    that’s what i thought too

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  • October 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    Sublime00 says:
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    Loved this! Came out when I was 10

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  • October 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    TeAM WeeZY says:
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    This was and still is my freaking jam! The beat is SICK!

    Busta is so underrated! Janet’s voice fits the song so perfectly!

    I freaking LOVE this song!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    HeLLo says:
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    “While the track stands on its own two legs as one of the most dynamic Rap-Sung collaborations in Urban music history,”

    No, Just no…..HELL NO.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    arfa says:
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    I think TLCs NO SCRUBS was hypes best video sorry!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    Diagnosticluv says:
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    Reading skills is a must he stated “one of the most expensive”. He did not state the most expensive ugghhh SMH.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    gdhg says:
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    WOWOWO!!! I strongly suggest you a great s ite

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    —Meet rich guys,—hot babies—Hollywood celebrities, who are searching for their special someone. a place to make your life better and open opportunities for you to meet the attractive sin gles. Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends !!!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    dapope9 says:
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    CLASSIC…still bump that 2day!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    the kiddz says:
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    I was JUST listening to this! When I was younger, I had no idea what “make your body wet” meant. Now, I have an idea. Lol

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  • October 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    Stoney-Brie says:
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    omg on the chorus are ya’ll paying attention on Janet’s vocals.. amazing!!

    the woman sangs when she wants to..!

    Busta’s rap was superb!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Emmi3 says:
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    Woehoew now this is one of my all time sex jams :)

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  • October 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    JAYLA says:
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    “ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE”,… ITS MOSTLY TEENS ON THIS SITE SO YALL HAVE TO EXCUSE THEIR READING SKILLS LOL…

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  • October 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    MISHKA says:
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    “Busta Rhymes…Janet Jackson…Yeah!!! ” That was my favorite part back in the day . Fun times!

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  • October 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    UGh says:
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    As you can see “one of” is underlined. It wasn’t there when it was first posted. It’s an obvious correction…..SMFH

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  • October 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    NAS ( B Rockah Stan 4eva) says:
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    This was when Busta used to be hot and sexy but now please get to the gym and loose those fat….#justsaying!!!!!!!lol

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  • October 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    O.B. says:
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    Gawd I would ride the hell out of Busta till his testicles burst…..hmmmm

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  • October 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm
    Sarah says:
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    I still be bumpin this jam and often. I love the songs video as well.

    Busta also did I Know What You Want with Mariah. Though a hot song, this one is even hotter.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm
    JDE97 says:
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    Easily one of thee tackiest videos I’ve ever seen in my life.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm
    TWITTER.COM/SEAN_DA_GODDESS says:
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    JDE97

    YET STILL SLAYING YOU AND ALOT OF s*** OUT TODAY! YOU WILL GET OVER THAT!

    DEAD@ U WATCHING IT MORE THAN ONCE.

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  • October 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    JDE97 says:
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    TWITTER.COM/SEAN_DA_GODDESS, you sound like a complete imbecile. “Slaying?” How old are you, twelve? Seriously. Who the hell talks like that? You don’t sound cool, you don’t sound ‘hip,’ you don’t sound ‘down.’ Rather just all around idiotic. Also, what’s with the typing in all caps? Making it bigger won’t make it sound better, Corky. What did you score on the SATs?

    ::: blank stare @ you :::

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  • October 25, 2010 at 12:15 am
    GREG says:
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    @JDE….Wow man bring it down some….you seem a little angry ….youre bringing a lot of negativity to the post.

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  • October 25, 2010 at 5:03 am
    janhova!!! says:
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    i still play this song!!! great collabo!!! janet4ever!!!!!

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  • October 25, 2010 at 5:05 am
    janhova!!! says:
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    @ARFA. Scrubs was an obvious rip from Michael and Janet’s “Scream” video. There was nothing original about the No Scrubs video.

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  • October 25, 2010 at 5:49 am
    TheDimplePuppet says:
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    Nina Simone & Janet Jackson gives me everything I need enough said!

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  • October 25, 2010 at 6:16 am
    Soulful Roses says:
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    AMAZING :)

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  • October 25, 2010 at 7:21 am
    xtincta says:
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    Great song and video…… A shame Busta is a homophobe.

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  • October 25, 2010 at 11:51 am
    Wyte mwape says:
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    am so glad to join this page

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  • October 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    B says:
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    Always loved this video!!!

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  • October 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    lord harkness says:
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    still love this song and yes, janets background vocals are amazing. sometimes i wish her lead vocals were as bold. it’s not like she doesn’t have the notes. i also still love this video, i was in lake tahoe when it came out- never forget it. too bad video quality on this post is poor because it’s really a hot video.

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  • October 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    iFreakum says:
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    This was one of my FAV vids when I was a teen! Hype had a good eye for visually stunning details!

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